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Posts published in November 2021

San Jac opens Generation Park campus

San Jacinto College president Brenda Hellyer, center, joins Ryan McCord, Destry Dokes, and others at the ribbon cutting.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY — The grand opening that was initially delayed by COVID-19, and then further by Hurricane Nicholas, finally took place on Friday, Oct. 22 at San Jacinto College’s newest campus – Generation Park. The event has been years in the making, but well worth the time and effort for those celebrating the fifth and most northern campus for San Jac. Faculty, administration, board members, community members, and other supporters gathered together on the beautiful 57-acre campus to participate in the ribbon cutting for the 55,000 square-foot facility that opened to students in fall of 2020.

“I am very excited to be here today,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Despite the delays of the official grand opening, the Generation Park campus has been serving the needs of the northern part of our taxing district for more than a year now. This campus is an asset to the community by bringing top-notch, nationally recognized education options to the Generation Park area. We are excited about the future graduates at this campus.”

The facility houses general education and academic classes, focusing on the needs of students looking to transfer to a four-year college or university. And beginning in the fall of 2021, Generation Park began workforce training solutions with the launch of Fundamentals of Supervision Academy. Generation Park leaders continuously meet with established and emerging industry partners to determine how the campus can assist with professional development needs in the areas of business operations, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship.

The new 55,000 square foot building at Generation Park is only the first of several planned for the new campus on the Beltway in East Harris County.

Hartman Bridge demonstrators found guilty

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS cling to the underside of the Hartman Bridge in September 2019, closing all traffic on the river below.

25 admit guilt; Greenpeace pays $58,450 fine

HARRIS COUNTY – Greenpeace paid $58,450 in criminal restitution to five local police and firefighter agencies as part of a plea agreement with 25 defendants, who executed a “takeover” of the Fred Hartman Bridge, closing the Port of Houston for approximately 24 hours in September 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced last week.

On the Greenpeace USA Twitter page, they stated that they were protesting the fossil fuel industry, and trying to block the oil tankers exporting in the channel below. The Coast Guard said they had closed about one-half mile of the channel for safety reasons. The protesters are dangling about 100 feet above the water. The bridge is 180 feet above the water. A fall could be deadly, they were warned.

The protesters said that their plan was to dangle in place for 24 hours, but after only 12 hours into the incident, authorities had removed most of them.

“Regardless of motive, it is illegal to risk the lives of law enforcement and ordinary people who must drive the bridge. They wasted the time of police officers and firefighters, who potentially could have been used to respond to real emergencies,” Ogg said.

Essential to get our Children vaccinated

County Connection
by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

So many Harris County residents who have gotten vaccinated still have feelings of anxiety about COVID, and it’s understandable. Children under the age of 12 have been ineligible to receive the vaccine and remained unprotected from this pandemic that has taken so many lives. This week finally marks the end of the wait — the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have approved the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, an essential piece of our response to COVID-19 that is long overdue.

And, though many parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, others may still be hesitant. Parents should know that the vaccine is safe — the side effects adults have experienced, like a short-lived fever and cold-like symptoms, are less likely to affect kids. It’s also effective — it has a 90% effectiveness rate in preventing children ages 5 through 11 from contracting COVID19. Although younger children are less likely to be hospitalized or lose their lives from the virus, they can still suffer from various long-term effects of COVID-19. If you want to protect your kids from getting sick from COVID-19, there is no reason to delay signing up for this vaccine.

CELEBRATING VETERANS DAY

2021 North Channel Library Veterans Appreciation Day L-R: Branch Manager Maria Rawls, Veterans Fred McCray, Anthony Mireles, Michael Kozey, Leonard Ferguson, Daniel Jason & Lauronzo Garman, Pct. 2 Veteran’s Service Manager. (Photo by Linda Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Houston, TX – On November 11, 2021, the Harris County Public Library – North Channel Branch, under the Direction of Branch Manager Maria Rawls (Adult Services), conducted its 1st Annual Veterans Day celebration event.

Ms. Rawls welcomed and thanked the community for coming out to help celebrate and honor the home-grown heroes who bravely served this nation.

She said, “This celebration is one way of showing our veterans that we never forget them and that we salute their bravery and the example that they have set before us to gain this freedom.”

Rawls thanked those who worked to put together the event, including Student Practicum Amber McCarver, the library’s staff, and the following on the program: North Shore’s JROTC – Coordinator Darrow Adams, MC/Sound and Music by Mikey Mike Singer, Desmond Bostick who sang the National Anthem and God Bless the USA.

Mustangs defeat Dobie 62-14, advance in Playoffs

Xavier Owens #32 games leading scorer with 3 TD’s for Mustangs runs for a TD. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

North Shore — On Nov. 11, 2021, at GPISD Stadium, it was another no-contest football game when the Eastside Boys scored 9 touchdowns over Pasadena Dobie Longhorns, ending with a 62 – 14 win. The game’s Team Captains were #80-Ronnie Hill, #34-Rashaad Johnson, #55-Ronald Wilson, and #8-David Amador.

Coach Jon Kay’s offense has proved over and over again they can run for TDs, but his passing game netted zero passing TDs. Not sure if this was by design or not. This season they have made a few passing TDs, and hopefully they will begin to balance their offense attack with both runs and passes. At game’s end, they only passed for 19% of their total 567 yards. A balanced offense is usually a must in most bids for the state championship.

Galena Park to construct a new Churchill Community Center

EDWARD LUIS ESPREE, MAYOR MOYA, COMMISSIONER V. GARCIA JOHNETTA GOODLOE, ERONIA “TAGGY” HALL, HILLARY ESPREE

A new Churchill Community Center will be constructed

Galena Park, the City of progress

Given her commitment to offering spaces that ensure the safety and overall well-being of the Galena Park community, Mayor Esmeralda Moya announced the construction of the new Churchill community center, which will create a space where families can participate in different activities that improve their quality of life.

Esmeralda Moya, Mayor of Galena Park said “It is essential for us that our residents, particularly children and the elderly, feel safe and protected in an environment where they can create memories as well as strengthen ties.” This venue is for all Galena Park citizens to enjoy; we know that one of the most important factors for a community’s optimal growth is the availability of programs that encourage physical and emotional development, which is why we are very pleased with the construction of this center.” said the mayor.

Vaccine Booster shots available from Harris County Public Health

Include a COVID-19 Vaccine Booster in Your Holiday “To Do” list

Booster doses are available for qualifying fully vaccinated residents

Houston – Unlike last year, this upcoming holiday season we have a vaccine available that can protect us against COVID19. Additionally, eligible residents who completed their two-dose mRNA vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) at least six months ago and anyone who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago can get a booster. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is administering the COVID-19 vaccine booster for people in qualifying groups.

All COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection for most people. A booster vaccine is an additional dose given after the protection provided by the original series has begun to decrease over time.

GP Yellowjackets Season Ends in Playoffs; Lose 70-20 to PN-G

Galena Park High School football Head Coach Spiro Amarantos (center) gives some inspirational words to the disappointed Yellowjackets after losing in the playoffs. Amarantos congratulated the team for their winning season of a 88% district win record. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

At Galena Park Stadium on November 12, 2021, the GP Fighting Yellowjackets’ successful season ended with a playoff loss to the powerhouse Port Neches-Groves Indians, 70-20.

Head Coach Spiro Amarantos’ has produced winning football teams consistently in his short period since becoming head coach in 2019. This year marks two consecutive seasons the Jackets reached the playoffs. Last season’s playoff bid was the first time in ten years for the team to qualify for the playoffs. This year’s team entered the playoffs with an impressive 7 wins and 1 loss record, 88% district win record.

Memorial Luminares on display at San Jacinto Monument site on Nov. 13

Drive-thru event honors fallen Veterans

La Porte, TX – The inaugural Texas Memorial Illumination at San Jacinto will take place November 13, 2021, on the grounds of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. Volunteers will be placing 21,500 luminaries on the battlefield and steps of the San Jacinto Memorial Monument. The luminaries represent Texans who have given their lives in armed conflict from the Texas Revolution through Afghanistan. Each luminary tells the story that freedom is not free.

The Texas Memorial Illumination at San Jacinto will be held on the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site One Monument Circle, La Porte TX. In remembrance of Texans who have lost their lives in armed conflict 21,500 luminaries will be lit in on the battlefield and monument. On just this one night, come and experience the battleground anew.

The park opens to the public at 6 p.m. and stays open till 12 a.m. You will be led through the battleground with luminaries lighting the way. This event is a free drive-through family event. Come and experience a renewed sense of patriotism as the luminaries tell the story that freedom is not free.

NS Mustangs win District Championship Showdown vs Atascocita Eagles 31-21

Rashaad Johnson gallops 64 yds. for a 3rd quarter Mustang TD. (Allan Jamail photo) MORE PHOTOS P. 4

By Allan Jamail

North Shore – GPISD Stadium — On October 29, 2021, the two 6A Region III District 21 undefeated powerhouses clashed before a packed stadium to witness who would qualify for home field advantage into the Bi-District Playoffs.

Coach Jon Kay’s Mustangs (Eastside Boys) advanced as #1 in their district, winning 31-21. The Mustangs scored midway into the 1st quarter to lead 7-0 into the middle of the 2nd quarter, before the Eagles tied the game 7-7. The Eagles scored again to take the lead 14-7, but with under a minute before the half, Mustang Aubrey Broussard rushed for a TD to make it a tie 14-14 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Mustangs scored 2 TDs and a field goal, and Atascocita could only score 1 TD. The 4th quarter was scoreless.

Yellowjackets Burst Into Playoffs / 7-1 District Record

Jackets Bernardo Vazquez hauls in catches QB. Ivan Reyes TD pass. Vazquez also kicked a 3 point 30 yd. field goal (Allan Jamail photo) MORE PHOTOS P. 4

Jackets 44 – Austin Mustangs 0 / Oct. 28th

Jackets 30 – Willowridge Eagles 14 / Nov. 6th

By Allan Jamail

The GP Jackets’ steel curtain defense shut out 4 of their 5 most recent teams played.

Head Coach Spiro Amarantos and his coaching staff have developed a pass-run offense which they hope will defeat their Bi-District opponent the visiting Port Neches-Groves Indians. Until now they’ve mostly relied on their defense and the running game. Indians Coach Brandon Faircloth just celebrated his 100th victory and his 9th straight playoff season.